Sketch of my honey.
Hello dear art lover!
I am a self employed, full time artist and have been for some years now. I struggle to make a living and most months I am one rent cheque away from eviction. I live very frugally and put as much as I can of what I earn back into new projects and materials.
I have never asked for money in any way online before, but I now see many people using this method successfully to enable them to continue working as a creative / content creator. As someone who works and lives alone I don’t really have much of a support network to speak of (don’t get out much, you see?) I’m really hoping that seeking patrons is the way to go.
As little as £1 or $1 a month for regular updates of work-in-progress pictures and sculptures could go towards keeping me with a roof over my head and food in my belly. Not to mention materials and supplies etc., which have become insanely expensive these days.
For larger monthly donations and one-off contributions I am offering original artworks, mostly illustrations, but also paintings and small sculptures. Simply send me a picture to work from and I will make an original piece of art. It can be a picture of anything at all.
I have also set up a ‘Goal’ on Patreon. The Goal is to make the garage in the garden into a studio so that I can work more easily all year round and create many more pieces of art and hopefully more sophisticated works of art too.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it persuades you to become a patron, and if it does I will be eternally grateful.
Or A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Cinema
Last month in Norwich I attended a screening (Possibly the UK premiere) of The Red Pill by Cassie Jaye. It was attended by a guest panel for a Q and A at the end of the documentary. It is a very significant film and therefore it was a very significant event.
The guest panel included Cassie Jaye, Erin Pizzey, Paul Elam, Mike Stephenson, Mike Buchanan and 3 special guest feminists Lucinda Bray, Katy Jon Went and Jessica Austin.
The event itself was made all the more significant just by the nature of what the organisers had to go through to get it screened, and to inform people of where it would be without the information getting out to the wrong people and the event getting cancelled due to complaints to the venue by people who are against the film being screened or viewed.
Barry White was the man behind getting this excellent documentary screened in Norwich. Luckily for all involved Barry was fully prepared for possible hurdles to the event taking place as there had already been a lot of publicity about the film, its director and what it was about. Most of this publicity was negative and it was only those of us that had been following the issues covered in the film and the people involved in it that knew that most of the publicity the film was receiving was false and extremely biased. Barry White had originally intended to show the film to a handful of people but, after all the push-back he got and the numerous cancellations by venues that had agreed on a screening, the film was eventually seen by a few hundred people.
This is how it went down:
People that had requested a ticket were told the location. A few days later we’d be informed that the venue had pulled out and that another was being sought. This was repeated a couple of times until eventually we were told that a venue had been secured but that it’s location would be kept secret till much closer to the date to avoid yet another cancellation. In the end, as it was unavoidable, it was arranged that those wishing to attend would all meet in a public place on a street at a specific time. So a hundred or more people all gathered on a Winter’s evening in the middle of town and were then lead by a couple of the organisers and a couple of security guards (better safe than sorry) a few hundred yards to where the cinema was located. It gave the event a palpable sense of excitement.
A minute or two after finding a seat I spotted Cassie Jaye sitting in the row in front of me and I so wish I’d taken the opportunity to say hello.
Before the film started the guest panel were introduced and Cassie Jaye spoke briefly about making the film over a period of three years.
The film was watched with great attention by all except a small group of young feminists sitting on the row behind me who were very resistant to the film and its message, but who I think will have been very effected by it by the time it ended.
I have to admit that the documentary was even better than I had dared hope it would be.
I had spent some time over the previous days trying to come up with a decent question to ask but hadn’t managed much. Quite a bit of the Q and A time was taken up by the 3 feminists telling us who they were and why they were there etc and that was a shame, but still, some very good questions got asked and very good answers given. The whole thing had gone off pretty perfectly.
There is a video of the Q and A here: Red Pill Q and A
After the Q and A people headed down to the front to say hello to Cassie and the rest of the panel, all of whom are very well known by anyone with any interest at all in human rights and gender equality. I made my way to the front of the stage and headed straight for Mike Stephenson (aka DrRandomercam). I’m such a fan that I was actually more flustered at meeting him that I realised I would be, but I did manage to ask for an autograph and he very kindly went several steps better and drew me a picture. I grinned for about two days.
I so wish I had taken the opportunity to get all their autographs and shake all their hands. They are a fabulous group of people an I don’t suppose the chance will come again.
I did manage to say hello and shake the hand of Mike Buchanan. A tireless worker for the equal human rights of men and boys.
I hope everybody gets a chance to see this important and eye opening documentary.
Please let me know if you are going or hoping to see this film, or if you have already seen it please tell me your experience.
Not my usual thing but I had a few ideas for cartoon style illustrations recently.
Hope you found them mildly amusing.
This is an astonishingly bad film. The acting is adequate but somewhat two dimensional while the characterizations and scripting are stupidly caricature-like.
When they talk about visiting a website called The Dark Web as though they are using the actual dark web (peer to peer technology) is when I really gave up. They even refer to someone as The Head of the Dark Web!
Basically this film is nothing but propaganda and disinformation and is clearly against privacy laws and anonymity. It is exactly the opposite of what one would expect from a film with this title if it had been made by people with an interest in telling a story that has some basis in reality. It is cartoon-ish to say the very least.
As an illustrator, artist and designer I spend a lot of time on my own, researching, sketching and wondering around aimlessly thinking about silly and irrelevant things. It can get lonely and one can do an awful lot of talking to one’s self. Luckily for me I have a bear, and he / she / it keeps me company, and keeps me sane…. kind of.
While it is true that sometimes the bear can be a distraction and a little attention seeking, and can even stop me from working…
it is also true to say that I don’t mind as Little D can also be an inspiration at times
and can sit so still while I sketch a portrait. As a reward for helping Little D often gets a present of a new item of clothing, made by our live-in seemstress and cake baker extraordinaire, Anna-Lena, who has this pattern to work from
which has made all these possible… and more besides!
Luckily Little D loves books too, and is even writing one of his own!
Sometimes Big D comes to visit and these are the best times ever. They love to read and look at picture books together, as well as lots of playing around in the garden and in the house. The hats, gloves and scarves box is one of their favourite places to hide indoors.
But outdoors is their natural domain
So after some baking (bears need to keep their chocolate intake up to stay healthy and brown)
it’s back outdoors for a little beer and a sleep
Most of the time Big D lives in Swedenland with Anna-lena…
and Little D lives here with me…
but they are never really apart….
Now you know a little of what it is like to live with a bear while being an illustator.
Thanks for stopping by. Please like, share, subscribe etc. These bears needs to be seen and heard!
You can see more of my work here: deanharkness.co.uk
Have a great weekend!
It was my birthday late last month and my wonderful partner, Anna-Lena, got me a copy of Shaun Tan’s The Bird King – an artist’s notebook, and it is both beautiful and inspiring to read and look at. I will never grow tired of it. My sister also bought me an actual artist’s notebook and I now have a few more sketches and doodles to share with the world.
The picture below is a face, kind of, until you tilt your head to the left. Now it’s two cyclists about to go round a bend. I know that feeling!
Here’s one from way back when. Nude self portrait. Included for no special reason:
Below is the work in progress cover illustration for book 3.
Who are your favourite illustrators? Do you have a favourite illustrated story? Would love to hear from you as it is a great way of finding new art and artists and inspiration.
What story would you illustrate or like to see illustrated?
One day I hope to make one of my own!
Please check my website for more art and info on methods and pricing: Dean Harkness Artist
If you got this far, thank you, and Happy Holidays!
Inktober came and went, and very enjoyable it was too. Not sure what happened to November, and now we are well into our way with December. But I did keep up with the sketching and doodling, inspired further by the gift from my partner of the wonderful book, The Bird King by Shaun Tan. – A book I’ve had for several weeks now but still have not got to the end of as I am revelling in each and every page.
Here’s some of my recent scribbles:
My beautiful sister.
Hope you liked the doodles. I love making these distorted figure drawings!
Please check my site for more paintings, sculptures, and drawings: Dean Harkness Design
And do please let me know what your favourite illustations and or illustrators are. I’m always open to suggestions and looking for new inspiration.
Inktober has come and gone. I didn’t make a sketch a day but it was still very worth joining in and even I could see improvement in my pen-work by the end of the month.
Here are the final set of images made over the last two weeks of the month:
Please see previous post for sketches from earlier in the month here.
As I’m keen to keep up the work I can’t help thinking that the next month should be called inkvember, or something, not that that sounds quite right…. any suggestions?